About Us

Students of Oom Yung Doe develop great strength, mental focus, discipline, flexibility and willpower.

Our Mission

Oom Yung Doe Seattle provides traditional martial arts instruction in an inclusive environment, with extra supports offered to ensure the success of neurodiverse and disabled students.  Through training, students will develop coordination, focus, patience and the ability to overcome challenges.

Oom Yung Doe Seattle is operated by Oom Yung Doe Kirkland, a Western Washington based non-profit founded on the belief of improving yourself. It is this principle that we seek to share with as many people as possible as we Bring Health and Wellness to our Community through Traditional Martial Arts. We seek to promote a strong sense of community and leave behind a strong root and good seeds for the generations to follow. Our mission at Oom Yung Doe Seattle to take this one step further and promote the values of diversity and inclusion while providing educational services and support for individuals in the Greater Seattle area to live healthy and fulfilling lives.

Each of the eight martial arts helps you develop different mental and physical abilities. While it may seem daunting at first, practicing all eight martial arts togethert as one is a quick, safe and effective way to develop.

The Oom Yung Doe lineage is approximately 1500 to 2000 years old. Throughout history, martial arts masters have dedicated their lives to developing proper techniques, and a broad range of skills and abilities. This knowledge has been carefully passed down from generation to generation and was brought to the United States by the 8th Generation Grandmaster of the Oom Yung Doe line – Grandmaster “Iron” Kim. The Oom Yung Doe line encompasses eight complete martial arts.

Throughout history, true Moo Doe (Martial Arts) practitioners have meticulously followed proper Moo Doe training steps, and have always achieved miraculous long term mental, physical and spiritual strength. Every true Moo Doe Grandmaster has upgraded the Moo Doe training steps to accommodate the different needs of his generation.  

Upgrading is necessary to maintain the strengths achieved by prior generations.  In this century, Grandmaster “Iron” Kim upgraded the training steps, taking into consideration such things as: current living conditions, modern technology, the constant attack by toxic environmental forces and stress on the mind and body.

The Life of a Traditional Martial Arts Practitioner

Think clearly because what you think becomes what you say.

Think again before you speak, as what you say will become what you do.

Think before you act because your actions form your habits.

Think carefully about your habits because habits form your character.

Examine your character because it becomes your future.

“I began studying Oom Yung Doe after my eldest son enrolled as a student at the age of nine. I trained for four years to earn a third-degree black belt in 2010, became a head instructor in 2011, and have been running schools for since then. I have observed that individuals who consistently maintain their training benefit with greater confidence, enhanced physical ability, and a calm sense of self.”

Head Instructor MacKenzie Graham

4th Degree Black Belt, Oom Yung Doe

“I have been training since 2002. As an all state football player in high school, I noticed my physical condition rapidly declining in my early years at the University of Washington. Powerful self-defense, skill, and ability attracted me to Oom Yung Doe. I recently reached the level of 3rd degree blackbelt and am excited to share the confidence and determination I have gained through training.”

Instructor Geoff Roach

3rd Degree Black Belt, Oom Yung Doe

What is the nature of competition in the Traditional Moo Doe system of martial arts versus common martial arts?

Common martial arts practitioners focus on becoming better than their opponents, while Traditional Moo Doe martial arts practitioners focus on always becoming better than themselves.

How can someone reach a master level?

In order to reach a master level in Traditional Moo Doe you must absorb the proper foundation movements to build both Nae Gong (internal) and Wae Gong (external). This requires that you learn movements with adjustments that match your specific body type and condition. Once internal and external movements come together you can develop Nae Gong and Wae Gong; this will inevitably allow you to increase your level of skill and ability to reach a master level.

What kind of herbal equipment is used in Traditional Moo Doe?

Throughout the centuries, Traditional Moo Doe practitioners have used herbal formulas to enhance the effects of their practice. Specific Traditional Moo Doe movements, when combined with the proper equipment filled with exact herbs of a specific weight have been known to quickly develop better control in the movement and harmonize the body. Additionally, much of the equipment works in conjunction with the acupressure points of the hands to increase the flow of chi and prevent bruising. Herbal linaments are also used and are extremely effective in prolonging a practitioner’s ability to train with a weapon in hand.

Can I train even though I am retirement age?

Through the practice of Moo Doe, people of all ages can begin to feel immediate benefits, developing internal strength in addition to external strength. This increases their potential to the point that they can extend their health and fitness into an older age. It is common to hear throughout East Asia many Moo Doe practitioners in their 80’s and older participating in physical activities with people in their 40’s and 50’s. For this reason, you will find children to seniors attending Oom Yung Doe schools for personalized training programs to better improve their condition and health.

Why are uniforms worn?

Uniforms simply keep things uniform. They bring unity to the classroom. No matter your age, physical condition, or social status, everyone must wear the uniform. The school is a powerful yet humble environment.

Why is there bowing?

A bow is a form of greeting, a way to show respect, and a time to set your focus, depending upon the circumstance. We all have limited time for self-development, and bowing is in part a mental practice to acknowledge the importance of developing mind and body. It helps bring mental focus to this pursuit.

Is there full contact sparring?

The main goal of at Oom Yung Doe student is to reach their fullest potential mentally and physically. The conditioning you receive in the school will no doubt improve your combat skills. Full contact sparring can result in many injuries that are detrimental to the goal of self-development.

How much do I have to practice?

This answer is very subjective. Some students will have movements they need to do daily, while others may not. Generally, if someone is training with full concentration for about three years, three hours a week, they can achieve benefits they will appreciate the rest of their life.